From The Skinny Magazine Exclusive 17/01/19
The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the video for their latest single Flesh & Blood, which sees the band performing while surrounded by puppet-like people with fake smiles drawn on the their faces. The ‘puppets’ come to life during the first chorus as Wilson sings: ‘We only smile when we’re lying… / We’re too far gone to know how to stop / You can’t make this shit up / And it kills me’, and by the end of the song the three band members are tied up in blood red ropes. It’s a stunning visual metaphor for mental health and the power it can have over you.
"Flesh & Blood carries two threads of narrative around the effects of depression on both sufferers and those close to them," Donald tells us of the song. "It’s a story of loss and isolation, about losing your sense of self and gradually drifting further from those you love. [It] was written during a studio session in Wandsworth, providing bittersweet catharsis for the band, having personally experienced the struggles of living with depression.
"Written and directed by Scottish BAFTA award winner Tim Courtney, the video sees three cretinous monsters in suits toy with the band, manipulating their actions and tangling them up as they struggle to perform. The concept plays on the metaphor of influence and control, and the inescapable mental strains that love puts on us."
Produced by FACTOTUM CS | Written & Directed by TIM COURTNEY | Director of Photography ANDREW O'CONNOR
Focus Puller MICHAEL NEAL | Make Up Artist JENNA CLAYTON | Editor & Colourist TIM COURTNEY
a FACTOTUM CS production | Produced by TIM COURTNEY & OK BUTTON | Written & Directed by TIM COURTNEY
Director of Photography ANDREW O'CONNOR | Make Up Artist KAY BARCLAY | Editor & Colourist TIM COURTNEY